Reason number two is the more heterosexual reason, and that is that these Brewers are definitely keeping things interesting. Cheered on by rabid fans waving white Brewers towels, including the 5,000 that were there on Eric Gagne's dime, the Brewers were able to knock off the Pirates 5-1. I know it's still September, and I have no experience to go off of, but that sure felt like playoff baseball.
Before I touch on the late game heroics, I need to mention the pitching. How about the effort from Yovani Gallardo, making his first start since May 1st? Four innings, three hits, one run, and seven K's. Not bad for someone who has two major knee surgeries this season alone. When he exited, the bullpen came through via Villaneuva, Gagne, Mota, Shouse, Torres, Coffey, and Stetter.
Now here at the homestead, we had some issues with the cable tonight. Our picture froze right after Cameron struck out in the bottom of the tenth. We were forced to crowd in the living room, turn on the radio, and stare at the frozen Cameron screen.
When Ryan Braun was up with the bases loaded, we figured we might as well start the eleventh inning. Braun has been a godsend this year (seriously, look at those abs!), but one thing he hasn't been is clutch. But as soon as we heard Jim Powell's voice begin to elevate, we knew that baby was gone, and Ryan Braun had just hit a game winning grand slam.
And magically, that's when the TV unfroze, and we got to see it for ourselves.
Now unfortunately, the Mets were able to beat the Cubs split squad team so the Wild Card race is still tied. Things might be more interesting this weekend, as weather is supposed to be a problem for both the Mets and the Phillies on the East Coast. But the Brewers can't worry about that. They have three games against the Cubs this weekend at Miller Park, and they need every one of them.
Now I'll be headed back to La Crosse for the weekend to not only attend the Oktoberfest celebration, but also be watching the games. So it seems that when the next Brewers post appears on this website, we'll already know the postseason fate of Milwaukee.
Here's to hoping it's a good one.
TBC's Player of the Game: Ryan Braun takes back first place!